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  • by Tony Benn
  • Narrated by Tony Benn
  • 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tony Benn's diaries began in 1940, and have been compared to those of Pepys in their detail, scope, and accuracy. This volume brings them right up to date, covering the Gulf War, the rise of New Labour, international repercussions of American foreign policy, and reactions against it. Read by the author himself, here is Tony Benn's record of the recent history of British politics, comprising three wars, three general elections, six party leaders, and two Prime Ministers. Political observations are entwined with a moving account of family life.
Chronicling his final decades as a Member of Parliament, the diaries encompass political events, gossip, and entertaining observations. The focus is on the years leading up to his retirement, his anxiety about whether or not to stand again, and his great sorrow when his wife Caroline is diagnosed with cancer. Throughout, his honesty and integrity shine through.

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What the Critics Say

"The best political diarist of our time." (Financial Times)

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A unique insight into 1990s British Politics

Regardless of ones views on his politics, you can't but be warmed by this personal account of a remarkable decade in British Politics.

Tony Benn brings a unique, witty and warm insight into some of the headlines of the day; his diary style is light - yet profound, happy, moving and sometimes sad moments are captured.

For the benefit of US listeners - Tony Benn is unique. Here he is reading his own diaries - and really bringing them to life. He is easy to listen to; a familiar voice retelling his experiences.

I recommend this audiobook.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited